Arrae Photography is a full service photography studio located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Documenting weddings for over 10 years and specializing in blending modern romantic portraits and photojournalism to tell your love story.
Available for travel worldwide. Please scroll down to learn more about Amanda and her work.
Hello there. My name is Amanda Montgomery and I am Arrae Photography based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The name Arrae (pronounced [uh-rey]) came from my first initial and my middle name, Rae, added an extra r and made a new word. If you know me well you know I like to make up words. Sometimes even on purpose. It's part of my charm, or so I tell myself.
Photography has been a part of my life since I was tiny human. When I was 12 I saved up my babysitting money to buy my first ‘big time’ camera. It was a Minolta 3Xi from Best Buy; that was a pretty awesome day! I’ve always loved creating and photography gives me a wonderful outlet to make treasured keepsakes of family’s most precious moments and milestones. I take this privilege very seriously and work diligently to ensure each client is thrilled with their images and the experience creating them!
A little more about me should you be curious:
I formed Arrae Photography in 2003 as a part time venture while I worked at local photo labs, went full time in 2008
I have three beautiful children, they are the coolest people I’ve ever known.
I love the smell of scotch tape. My favorite color is grey. I have an encyclopedia of Simpsons quotes stored in my brain. I believe mall pretzels are the world’s most perfect food.
Grand Rapids has always felt like home, though its only been for 11 years now, I adore this city and I’ll never leave.
When not working or child raising I enjoy checking out local breweries and eateries, rollerblading, watching too much TV, and cooking (mostly pizza, there is no wrong way or time to eat pizza).
This is just a bit of my story, I look forward to hearing yours.
View my work
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Most Recent Work
"...There are a lot of photographers who take beautiful pictures, but Amanda went above and beyond by not just capturing pictures, but moments. Things like my husband wiping away a tear during our vows, the laughs shared between my father, father-in-law, and husband, and a joyous look shared between family members, are now things we can look back on and cherish for the rest of our lives. I don't know how she managed to capture the magic of our ceremony, as my husband and I promised to love one another unconditionally for the rest of our lives, but she did. When booking Arrae Photography, you are investing in not only beautiful pictures, but a photographer who truly cares about and understands the amazing thing that is your wedding day."
"You will not find a better photographer. From beginning to end, Amanda's work is amazing. She is responsive, creative and perfectly captured our day. Even our guests commented on how friendly and knowledgeable she was. Instantly she put our worries and fears to rest and made us comfortable in front of the camera. The results are breathtaking images that we will have to cherish for a lifetime. Arrae Photography is absolutely worth every. single. penny."
"Words cannot begin to describe how wonderful and professional Amanda is. My then-fiance and I had no idea what we were doing when it came to planning the time frame of the wedding day and when taking pictures. We relied heavily on Amanda's clear instructions to get us through - and she did! Amanda is a visionary, a superb photographer, and frankly one of the most enjoyable parts of the planning and wedding day for me. She can make anyone smile - including our exhausted two year old niece! The icing on the cake with Amanda is that the pictures she takes are absolutely STUNNING! If you get a chance to work with Amanda, do it. She's creative, inspiring, adaptable, patient, artistic, funny, and an absolute delight. I could go on!"
What you need to know
Limited 2017 dates available, also booking 2018 currently.
My approach to weddings is a combined style of romantic modern portraits and photojournalism to document the story of your day and bond. I strive to make clients feel comfortable in front of the camera and have fun. Please take some time to look over my work and if you love my style and can see yourself and your day captured through my vision than I would love to be your photographer!
Wedding collections can be customized to fit your needs. Most clients collections range from $1900-$3500. Arrae Photography calls Grand Rapids, Michigan home but is available for weddings worldwide! Contact me today for a complete list of offerings and pricing. I am open for smaller events as well. If you feel we are a good match please call or email to set up a consultation meeting to discuss your event.
Engagement photos are a wonderful way to document this special time in your journey together. It is also a great ‘warm up’ for your wedding photography. We don’t get professional pictures taken of ourselves very often and sometimes it can be a bit intimidating. Getting your engagement photos done will help you be more comfortable and confident in front of the camera wedding day. I promise it’s a blast!
My engagement pricing is $375 for the session. It is a 1-2 hour session that will cover multiple locations and outfits. We will work together to plan out the perfect session. The session does include the digital files and print permission.
Additional prints and products are available to purchase ala carte.
Capturing the precious moments of your sweet children growing is so important. Being able to look back on sweet milestones and their adorable expressions and sillies with quality portraits is something you’ll treasure forever. I love to find ways to show off their personalities. This can be with just letting them get some silly faces photos, bringing favorite toys, dance parties, or a outdoor location that speaks to them at that age. Children’s portraits can be done on location or at my urban studio downtown Grand Rapids, MI.
Full sessions are $350 and I also offer an anytime studio mini session for $175, both include digital files. Contact me today to discuss your portrait needs and secure your spot on the calendar.
See the urban studio space here.
Arrae Photography is also available for real estate, headshot, and commercial/corporate photography.